Official of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture
D. Carlos Alberto de Pinho Moreira de Azevedo is the current Titular Bishop of Belali and between 2005 and 2011 was Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon’s Patriarch. He was ordained priest in 1977 by D. António Ferreira Gomes, Oporto’s Bishop. In 1986, he earned a Ph. D. from the Faculty of Church History at the Gregorian University of Rome, with a thesis on iconography. He was President of the History of Religion Studies Center (1992-2001); he directed the Dictionary and Religious History in Portugal in 7 volumes; he was co-director of the Museu magazine from 1993 to 1996; he organized several religious art exhibitions. He’s been a member of the Portuguese History Academy since 1998. He was later ordained bishop in 2005 at Trinity’s Church, Oporto, in a solemn ceremony presided by D. José da Cruz Policarpo, Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon. He was member of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference, where he had several functions as Secretary, President of the Episcopal Commission on Social and Cultural Affairs and member of the Cultural, Heritage and Media Commission. He was the chief-coordinator of the Commission that organized Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Visit to Portugal between the 11th and the 14th of May 2010. On May 11th, 2010, he was awarded the Grand Cross of Henry the Navigator Order. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Official of the Pontifical Council for Culture (CPC), an organism that aims to ensure the best relations between the Church and the Culture of our times in their most different expressions and nuances. In this Council he heads the Cultural Heritage Department. He has published more than one hundred contributions in books and journals.